MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Many high school sports programs in our area may have issues with fundraising.
For Raleigh Egypt, raising funds to provide players with shorts and shirts has been a struggle, so far.
Delvin Lane is the football coach for Raleigh Egypt.
“When you have good people in the community with businesses that are ready to step in, it takes the strain off the school and the community,” Lane said.
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Many enjoy Friday football under the night lights. What may escape your mind, however, are the elements necessary to sustain a program.
“They need Gatorade daily, bottled water,” said Shari Meeks, director of Raleigh Egypt. “They need materials. They need uniforms. They need insurance. They need so many things.
Lane and Meeks both said it takes a long time to provide proper structure for student-athletes.
Even when it comes to training.
The Pharaohs have struggled to fundraise for shorts and shirts to be worn by players during the summer heat.
A few local businesses were made aware of the situation and decided to do something about it.
On Friday, the pharaohs received new equipment free of charge.
“Being able to support a school, especially a school in need,” said Jennifer Husted. Managing Director of Red Hook Seafood. “For these children to be more active, more involved, it means a lot to me.”
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Elvis Galloway of Memphis Sportsmaster and Chima Onwuka of Grind City Kicks have joined Red Hook Seafood to help outfit the team.
“I mean as a Memphis-based company, it’s important for us to give back to the city that has given us so much,” said Galloway.
“If it’s just through jerseys if it’s just giving shorts or shirts to help them improve, we want to do that,” Onwuka said.
For Coach Lane, that’s one less thing he needed to think about.
He said the job doesn’t end there when it comes to reaching out to other programs in need.
“I think Shelby County would love to have that kind of support and assistance from the community,” Lane said. “So I urge all of these companies to stand up and take a stand because these kids are trying, so let’s help them in their struggle to be better people. “
The radiation does not stop at the equipment.
Husted said she also offered to offer employment opportunities to players.
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